Tuesday, April 22, 2014

tuesday tidbits. Bunnies aside - it's about the cross


Well Easter has come and gone. We had an awesome meal. Every year my family gets together for a variety of dishes made by different members of the familia. This year I made my roasted Brussels sprouts as well as scalloped potatoes. The potatoes were a hit of course. As the day drew to a close, I couldn't help but to reflect on what this day is truly about. As much as I enjoy seeing my daughter participate in Easter egg hunts and get a number of goodie filled baskets from family and friends. I want to make sure she knows that the meaning behind Easter is not a bunny or eggs filled with candy, but it is about the ultimate sacrifice made on Calvary. Like Christmas, I don't want her to get caught up in all of the hoop-la and miss out on the story.

I know she is still young. but these are the things that run through my mind as a mama Christian mama. The values we teach our children is what they will carry with them through life and course I want my little munchkin to have good values even when I am long gone. I know one day I will have to explain it to her and I look forward to teaching her the whole story. 

How about you? Have you had the Easter talk with your kids? If yes, how did you do it?

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

xoxo,
Rachel

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

wishful wednesdays. Dream Home Must Have - Maytag Double Oven

Hey Foodies and Mommies!


So I woke up this morning thinking I was going to wear my cutesie spring jacket and head out to work. Then, I opened my door and was smacked with frigid weather and SNOW. Yeah you read that right. Snow in spring. I mean really? From 70 degree weather and capris to shaking in my boots in less than a week? Now do you get why I sooo very much want out of New York? I am so happy I didn't pack away all of my winter clothes. If I did, I would be even more annoyed than I am now. Okay, enough ranting - at least about this issue. On to the next item to rant talk about.

It's hump day! Well actually it's Thursday for me since I am off on Friday. Yay! Yes, I'm rubbing it in. I use to work half a day on Good Friday, but when my former supervisor told me that I was no longer allowed to work half a day on Good Friday and that I had to either work full day or take a PTO, I quickly said - I'll take that PTO. I made a decision long ago that nothing would come between me and my faith and I am sticking to it.

Maytag Double Oven Commercial | thecreolewoman.com

Now that I got everything off my chest, have you seen the Maytag commercial for the Double Oven? I am head over heels for this oven and it is an absolutely must-have in my dream home. I already told my husband this and there is no reasoning with me. I will have this if I am going to cook for the rest of my life. Yes, I used that line. Aside from being able to cook multiple items at different temperatures all at once, I chuckle every time I see the commercial. If you haven't yet seen it because somehow you live under a rock somewhere in no man's land , you can click on the picture and it will take you to the commercial on YouTube.

The part that cracks me up is the cupcakes. lol!

Well until I can get my double oven, I'll settle for my simple baby that allows me to cook all of the yummy dishes I feature on this blog.

Okie dokie folks, that's enough wishful thinking.

Till next time...

xoxo,
Rachel


Monday, April 14, 2014

Oh Mondays - Basmati Rice Take 2 and Dad

Happy Monday Foodies and Mommies!


This weekend was pretty much a very busy but uneventful one. We headed back to IKEA on Saturday to return some broken pieces of our new wardrobe. Then yesterday, I headed to my Father's house to spend the day with him. Though he is feeling a little weaker than usual, he is in good spirits and that makes a world of a difference. He is scheduled to start dialysis at the local Davita center today. This is definitely a new journey for our family, but I am confident that all will go well and he will adjust. 


We shared lunch and spent some time chatting away. Then, the hubster and munchkin came to pick me up. We made a quick stop to the local Key Food for a few quick ingredients and drove home. I decided to make my Aromatic Basmati Rice again. My hubster lovesssssssssss this rice and so I try to bring a smile to his face once in a while. The secret to this rice are the aromatics. From the moment they start to steep in the oil, the entire house instantly begins to smell fabulous.

Bay Leaves, Cinnamon, Fennel Seeds, Rosemary, Basil and Cloves. This combination is a must when cooking Basmati rice in my home. It turns out so light and fluffy. Perfect! 

I highly recommend you try this. You will thank me. I'm serious, you will!

Find the recipe Here.

Today promises to be a beautiful day. Hopefully, I will be able to fit in a photo tour. Maybe I'll even go to DUMBO and work on my sermonette for this week's Good Friday service. I have an idea what I will be speaking on. Now all I need to do is finish putting it together.

By the way, I just love how my Pastor always entraps me...lol! I kid. I kid.

Well, I am going to sign off and get ready for my day job. Remember to smile today. You're alive and in your right mind...at least I hope you are. That alone is enough to keep you smiling all day long. Kiss the munchkins, love on your loved ones and conquer the day.

Be blessed!

xoxo,
Rachel

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

tuesday tidbits - IKEA please.

IKEA Brooklyn | thecreolewoman.com


1. So, for the past 3 years my husband and I have been dealing with the lack of closet space in our master bedroom. Though we have a bedroom set, the amount of clothing between the both of us just cannot be accommodated. Because of this, we have been living out of our laundry bags. In other words, when we pick up our laundry, we end up leaving the clothing in there and just digging in like we're digging for gold. In actuality, we are looking for that one polka dot shirt that we insist on wearing which also happens to be at the very bottom of the bag. 

On Saturday, I had had enough. I woke up, put on my clothes, turned to my husband and said IKEA, please. For weeks I had been researching the wardrobe options at IKEA. I finally had my heart set on one of them and I was determined to take it home. When we got there, we browsed through the different options again and settled on the AULI/KOMPLEMENT which happens to be the one I wanted anyway. I purchased the new wardrobe and off we went. 

I am so super duper excited about our new piece of furniture. Living in NYC has its pros and cons. One major con is the lack of storage space in NYC apartments. Our apartment, though spacious, suffers in the storage department. Because of this, what should be our office is now our storage room. No Bueno! On a happier note, the hubster will finish assembling the wardrobe tonight. That means I finally get to put all of our clothes away. Yay! {Pictures coming soon!}

2. I have had enough of hospitals. I have been in and out of hospitals for years due to my dad's health. What people don't realize is that sickness does not only affect the patient, it also takes a toll on the caregivers as well. This weekend has taken so much out of me that I found it hard to function at my day job. It makes me wonder, how difficult it must be for my mom. She too doesn't feel too peachy, but has to put her needs aside to be there for my dad. I tell ya, my mom's capacity to love and her commitment to her marriage is my inspiration. I want to be like her when I grow up.

3. I stepped down from another ministry at church today. No, I am not running away. I am simply trying to consolidate and ensure that no ministry suffers because I am trying to juggle to many things. I don't know what it is that causes us to want to have a hand in everything. I have done it for years and it has taken a negative toll on me. The overwhelming pressure just no longer allowed me to enjoy what I was doing because I was now doing it because I felt I had to. I am still trying to identify my ministry. Till then, I will continue helping out and waiting on God to say..this is what I want you to do.

4. Met this interesting Vietnam vet this weekend while at the hospital with my dad. He was an interesting character indeed. However, as loony as he appeared to be, he offered up some good saving tips. One of which is to get a big water cooler gallon and place it in the back of your closet. Then, empty your pockets at the end of each day and place it in there. After 11 years, you won't believe how much you will save. Guess what I will be looking for this month? A big water cooler gallon. That's right! I'm thinking of getting the whole family involved in this. That way, whatever we use the funds for, they will feel like they played a part.

5. I finally found Andouille sausage in my neighborhood. I was starting to lose hope. Then, I walked into Key Food and Voila! Now if I can only find a blood orange. 

Well, I'm signing off!

xoxo.
-Rachel